ERA Team VP Proudly Hosted Make-A-Wish Child and Family Over the Christmas Holiday

Buffalo, NY – January 3, 2017 – ERA Team VP was proud to collaborate with Make-A-Wish Western New York to make a special young man’s wish come true over the holidays. Andrew, 16, of Spencerport, wished to have new ski equipment so he could enjoy time with his family on the slopes. Thanks to ERA Team VP, the teen was able to try out his new gear in Ellicottville with a trip to Holiday Valley with his mom, dad and sister.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation booked an ERA Team VP Vacation Rental Fox Ridge condo via Airbnb, which was then partially donated for the special trip. They made Andrew’s family feel so special by beautifully decorating their condo and including presents under the Christmas tree. “We were delighted to see the reservation come through,” says Rachael Wiley-Steffen, Director of Corporate Marketing and Vacation Rental Management. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation is far-reaching and impacts families and entire communities. We were thrilled to have it touch the Ellicottville community.”

Andrew’s family said, “The skiing was wonderful and your village is fabulous! We are sure to make a return visit someday.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

For more information about Make-A-Wish programs, visit

About  Make-A-Wish:

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish® Western New York has to date fulfilled the wishes of more than 2,500 children in the Western New York area. Regional offices are located in Buffalo and Rochester serving 17 counties in New York State. In Fiscal Year 2016, Make-A-Wish Western New York touched the lives of 174 wish children and their families. Make-A-Wish Western New York is a proud participant of the Better Business Bureau Charity Seal Program, which indicates that the organization has met the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. For more information, visit

Make-A-Wish® Western New York

Buffalo Office: 4600 Main Street, Suite 101, Snyder, NY  14226 | 716/810-9474 | 716/631-8869 (fax)

Rochester Office: Brighton Commons, 1855 Monroe Ave. Suite 4, Rochester, NY 14618 |  585/272-9474 · 585/272-9463 (fax) / @makeawishwny /

Enter to Win a Locally Pasture Raised Turkey!

Skip the grocery stores this Thanksgiving and support local farmers by purchasing a locally sourced, pasture raised turkey!

This November, ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals has teamed up with Good Grass Farm, located in Ashville NY, to encourage local residents to choose a fresh, ethically raised alternative to your usual Thanksgiving bird.

Good Grass Farm

sOpened in 2002, and operating under Good Grass Farm since 2008, the local homestead prides itself on being a diversified, sustainable, pasture-based meat farm. Owners Jeffrey & Karen Creager seasonally raise beef cattle, broiler chickens, turkeys, and a flock of layer hens. They also grow blueberries (free from herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers) and organic heirloom produce. The small-scale sustainable farm’s goal is to “raise and grow the best food possible, for [their] table and yours.”



Raised with Love

Good Grass Farm receives day old chicks (also vknown as poults) in the middle of June from Ohio’s Myer Hatchery. Raising these young birds into happy, healthy turkeys is no easy feat! Unlike chickens, who are born with the natural ability to forage, turkey poults need a little guidance to start off their journey. Jeffrey teaches the poults how to eat by lovingly dipping their beaks into their feed and water. The first 4-6 weeks of the bird’s life is spent in a temperature controlled brooder. Then they are moved to a large pasture-pen (to protect the birds from predators) where they spend the summer outside grazing on fresh blades of grass.



Fresh and Flavorful

dPoults are fed a milled mix of grains, corn, oats, roasted soy beans, and natural minerals, but the real secret to the extra special flavor is a result of their upbringing. “Past customers think the bird tastes so good because it’s fresh. They don’t really realize it’s also the way the bird is raised and what the birds eat, they aren’t raised in a dark room crammed with 1,000 other birds,” explains Jeffrey Creager, “the birds get moved as necessary to fresh grass, and they graze it right down as a cow does. They’ll scratch and pick and dig up worms and bugs, and it really changes the flavor profile of the bird.”



Reserve your Bird

turkeyThis year, the farm has 59 Broad-breasted white turkeys for sale, with 20 already reserved, so there is still time to reserve you very own locally sourced bird for your Thanksgiving table. All birds are processed on the farm, by the owners, by hand, in a very sanitary and humane method, without the use of machines. Processing takes place Sunday – Tuesday before Thanksgiving, with pick-ups scheduled anytime on Monday – Wednesday, guaranteeing that your bird will be fresh for your holiday table! Visit for more information.

This year’s average turkey will weigh between 16-22 pounds, with a purchase price of $4.50/lb.

Enter to Win!

ERA Team VP is thankful for local farms providing our plates with locally sourced, ethically raised cuisine!  Everyone who comments on our “What Are You Thankful For?” Facebook post AND likes our Facebook page will be entered to win a Good Grass Farm’s pasture raised Broad-breasted white turkey for Thanksgiving! The winner will be drawn on Friday, November 18th at noon and will be notified through Facebook. Prize valued at approximately $80.





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2016 Trick or Treat Times

ERA Team VP Real Estate

2016 Trick or Treat Times

Western New York

Ashville: 6-8pm

Bemus Point:  6-8pm

Brocton: 5:30-7pm

Cassadaga: 5-7pm

Cuba: 6-8pm

Dunkirk: 4-8pm

Ellicottville: 6-8pm

Falconer: 5:30-7pm

Fredonia: 4-7pm

Frewsburg: 6-8pm

Gowanda: 5:30-7:30pm

Great Valley: 6-8pm

Jamestown: 6-8pm

Lakewood: 6-8pm

Ischua: Oct. 29 6-8pm

Little Valley: 5-7pm

Mayville: 5-7pm

North Harmony: 5-7pm

Olean: 6-8pm

Randolph: 6-7:30pm

Salamanca: 6-8pm

Sheridan: Oct. 30 3-5pm

Silver Creek: 5-7pm

South Dayton: 5-8pm

Westfield: 6-8pm

Northwestern Pennsylvania

Bradford: 6-7:30pm

Conewango Township: 6 -8

Pine Grove Township & Russell: 6-8pm

Sheffield: 6-8pm

Sugar Grove: 6-8pm

Tidioute: 6-8pm

Youngsville: 6-8pm

Warren: 6-8pm

**list updated as of 10/24/16

Trick Or Treat Times

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The Official Start to Fall – Ellicottville’s Fall Fest

fallAre you looking for a place to explore some of the best fall foliage in Western New York?  Head on down to the gorgeous town of Ellicottville, NY this Columbus Day Weekend for their Annual Fall Fest held on October 8th and 9th.

The streets of Ellicottville will be full of craft and food vendors as well as fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.  While you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the most unique foods and events on the streets, you can also stop by some of the most popular restaurants and stores right in the heart of town.  From the famous homemade meatballs at The Villaggio to the refreshing craft beer at Ellicottville Brewing Company, this town has it all.

If you really want to enjoy the beautiful views of the fall, make sure you head over to Holiday Valley for the amazing mountain views.  On Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm they will be offering chair lift rides to the top of the mountain!  These scenic rides are a lot of fun and give you the best views of the beautiful fall colors.  Holiday Valley will also be offering live entertainment all weekend!  On Saturday the Tommy Z Band will be performing on the top of the Mardi Gras lift from noon to 4pm and The Strangers will be performing at the Cabana Bar from 3pm to 7pm.  On Sunday the Black and Blues Band will be performing at the top of the Mardi Gras lift from noon to 4pm and the Party Squad will be at the Cabana Bar from 3pm to 7pm.

Do you want to stay active during the weekend?  Not a problem because there will be a 5k run on Saturday and a mountain bike race on Sunday.  Whether you want to compete in the race or just go for a leisurely run to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, the annual 5k run is a perfect event for you!  If running isn’t for you, then grab your mountain bike and join in on the rugged race through the mountains.  Fall Fest has all of the outdoor activities that you need to have an exciting weekend.

If you don’t have plans yet for this Columbus Day weekend, then you will not want to miss out on the best fall tradition that the area has to offer.  Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a fun family weekend, Ellicottville’s Fall Fest will make your weekend worthwhile.

When you’re in town, be sure to stop by our office at 12 Washington Street! Whether you’re just saying hi or are interested in checking out our Real Estate or Vacation Rental listings, we would love to see you!

NorthShore at Chautauqua Timeshare Opportunities

img_1461Are you someone who enjoys Chautauqua Institution and would love to have a great place to stay right on the grounds?  Why not rent one of our 12-RCI timeshares at the beautiful NorthShore condos, which are available all year round.  These condos are the only timeshares available within Chautauqua Institution and are a very smart way to live!

The NorthShore condos were built in 1983 for an easier more accessible way for people to own or rent a property in Chautauqua Institution without the fulltime commitment.  Although these condos were built in the 80’s, many updates have been made and they are looking better than ever!  Some of the upgrades include a new exterior paint, new gas fireplaces, new carpet, and new main entry doors. Additionally, NorthShore offers two in ground heated swimming pools which are open throughout the summer season!

You can rent one of the NorthShore timeshares at any time throughout year. Whether you’re looking for a nice family getaway or just excited to enjoy the beauty of this area, the NorthShore condos are a perfect place to stay!  While living in Chautauqua during the summer season is always fantastic, the offseason is also a great time to be on the grounds.  In the offseason you are not required to have a gate pass and the parking is free, not to mention the grounds are much quieter this time of year, if it is privacy you’re looking for. These timeshares give you every excuse to enjoy the four seasons, as well as the beautiful grounds of Chautauqua Institution to their fullest potential!

Whether you want to visit Niagara Falls, local breweries, or wine country… or you’re interested in winter adventures such as skiing and snowmobiling, the NorthShore condos are in a great location that is easily accessible to all of the amazing attractions around the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania area!  Endless opportunities await you!

Get more bang for your buck and take advantage of one of these premiere NorthShore timeshares.  Whether you buy a condo, rent a condo, or trade a condo, we have what you’re looking for!

Ellicottville Seasonal Rental Properties

Did you know that ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals will be featuring 16+ seasonal rental properties in Ellicottville, NY for the 2016/2017 winter season?  From December to April we will be offering a wide variety of properties that are perfect for the whole family!  Winters in Ellicottville are a blast and you will not want to miss out on these special offers that will make this winter one to remember!33 West Washington

Make a place your own this winter because we are featuring a plethora of different properties to choose from, all within a 7-mile radius of downtown Ellicottville!  We offer chalets, townhouses, condos, cabins, and more!  Some rental properties are located at Holiday Valley and HoliMont resorts for those of you who love the action on the slopes, while other properties are tucked away in the beautiful countryside of this amazing town!  No matter what you are looking for, we have it for you in Ellicottville this winter!

Not only are these seasonal rental properties in a perfect location for your winter fun, but they are also a very affordable and smart thing for you to look into.  If you are a person that wants to be in Ellicottville for multiple weekends a winter, then these properties are for you!  Why not h1 mountainview upperave a beautiful rental property for your friends and family to enjoy for the whole winter?  The beautiful town of Ellicottville offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing, great shopping and dining, and so much more!

Why not stop at our conveniently located office that is a one-stop-shop in the heart of town to plan your winter vacation of a lifetime today! Whether you want to ski down the slopes,bundle up by the fireplace, or enjoy the beautiful country and mountain views and atmosphere in Ellicottville, we have you covered this winter with the best seasonal rental propertiPlum ridge 9es that this area has to offer.

In addition to our seasonal rental properties, we also offer 50+ rental properties to satisfy all of our weekend vacationers!  Contact ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals to book your stay today!

Ellicottville Jazz & Blues Fest

Want to know what you have to look forward to this weekend in Ellicottville, NY for the Jazz and Blues Fest? Each and every venue will have great food, drinks, and an amazing atmosphere for you to enjoy!  This free event is fun for all ages, and a great way to entertain friends and family for one of the best summer weekends yet!

Explore some of Ellicottville’s most popular attractions throughout the entire weekend! Starting tonight there will be two places in particular that you will want to spend your time for some great jazz music.  Balloons Restaurant & NightClub has a special performance from the Tommy Z Band at 7 PM and The Gin Mill will have the Blue Light Blues Band starting at 9 PM!  Stop by for some wings and delicious drinks to dance the night away and start the weekend off right!

The festivities continue on Saturday and will go all day long! Prepare yourself because this day is packed full of fun entertainment to meet everyone’s needs.  Starting at 1 PM the Winery of Ellicottville Mainstage on Monroe Street is where you will want to be.  The Sugar Katty Cool Band will be performing throughout the afternoon!  Get your groove on and enjoy some high quality entertainment outside in the beautiful town of Ellicottville with restaurants and shops close by!

After an afternoon on Monroe Street, the fun will continue all through the night! The evening entertainment begins at Madigan’s at 5 PM with the Mick Hayes Band.  After that, head on over to Balloons Restaurant & Nightclub for the B.D. Lenz Band at 6 PM.  The night doesn’t stop there!  At 7 PM LTM Trio performs at the Silver Fox and Mojo Hand plays at Ellicottville Brewing Company!  If you really want to jam the night away, then head over to Dina’s for the Mike Moser & Marc Cousins Jazz Duo at 8:30 PM!  To end the night, stop by Villaggio for the Growlers Blues Band or head back to the Gin Mill for the Big Sauce Blues Band, both at 9 PM!

Throughout the weekend explore all of what the town of Ellicottville has to offer! There are great shops and restaurants all centrally located for your convenience.  No matter what venue you find yourself at this weekend you won’t be disappointed!  Take Sunday morning to wander and explore, and get ready for the grand finale! The Jazz and Blues Fest ends with the George Scott Big Band at the Winery of Ellicottville Mainstage at 1 PM!  Enjoy the beautiful day and the awesome jazz music to send off this special weekend!

2016 Listing Olympics Closing Ceremony

The 2016 Listing Olympics came to an end on Wednesday, July 20th with the closing ceremony party! In honor of the Olympics theme, everyone came dressed to impress in their designated “office country” colors.  The party was hosted at Broker/Owner Bill Soffel’s residence and it was a great venue for the event!  Olympic music played in the background to set the mood for all of the fun to be had.

Before the medals were presented and the contestants got their picture taken on the podium, there was great food and refreshments provided! There was a canoe cooler set up on the front lawn and catered food from Sandee’s of Jamestown.  Everyone really enjoyed the food and the great atmosphere that the party had to offer! There were also tents set up for people to sit in the shade and lawn games for everyone to enjoy!

Once everyone filled up with food and refreshments, the awards ceremony began!  The specially crafted ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals Olympics podium set the stage for the agents to receive their individual awards.  The Gold, Silver, and Bronze overall individual winners also got to choose from an Apple Watch, iPad Mini, and a free ticket and air fare to the ERA International Business Conference in Dallas, Texas!  Here are the results of our very own 2016 Listing Olympics:



IMG_30231st place: Kathy Obermeyer, Bradford Jamaicans. 2nd place: Dave Zilker, Yorkshire Costa Ricans. 3rd place: Wayne Weaver, Chautauqua Swedes.


IMG_30071st place: Karen Dolce, Chautauqua Swedes. Tied for 2nd place: Rita White & Debbie Hackett, Yorkshire Costa Ricans.


IMG_30161st place: Rita White, Yorkshire Costa Ricans. 2nd place: Wendy Freiheit, Yorkshire Costa Ricans. 3rd place: Michelle Schmidt, Yorkshire Costa Ricans.


IMG_30341st place: Debbie Hackett, Yorkshire Costa Ricans. 2nd place: Wayne Weaver, Chautauqua Swedes. 3rd place: Cathy & Melanie Pritchard, Ellicottville Turkeys


IMG_30431st place: Wayne Weaver, Chautauqua Swedes. 2nd place: Debbie Hackett, Yorkshire Costa Ricans. 3rd place: Jane Grice, Chautauqua Swedes.



1st place: Debbie Hackett, Yorkshire Costa Ricans. 2nd place: Wayne Weaver, Chautauqua Swedes. 3rd place: Rita White, Yorkshire Costa Ricans.



1st place: 30% more listings over the previous year… Cayman Islands of Cuba (pictured left to right: Wendy Freiheit, Paul Conklin and Broker/Owner Bill Soffel)


2nd place: 21% more listings over the previous year… Yorkshire Costa Ricans (pictured left to right: Debbie Hackett, Rita White, Michelle Schmidt, Kathy Hittle, Dave Zilker)


3rd place: 15% more listings over the previous year… Ellicottville Turkeys. (pictured left to right: Melanie Pritchard, Cathy Pritchard, and Sandy Goode)

Everyone got their pictures taken with their medals and there was all around great support from our whole staff! After the awards ceremony, agents placed their tickets into the raffle for a chance to win some technology and fun prizes.  The more points that they agents earned during the competition, the more tickets they received for the Chinese auction! Their hard work paid off because most of our agents left with a great prize. The night ended with a beautiful sunset over the lake.

Thank you to our entire staff for all of your hard work and dedication to making this a great event, and congratulations to all of our winners! We can’t wait for next year’s event!

Chautauqua/Cattaraugus County Area Summer Fun

Now that 4th of July weekend has come and gone and summer is hitting its half way point, you may be struggling to find things to look forward to.  In reality there is still a lot of summer left and there are so many different things you need experience in the area! ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals has you covered because we are going to tell you what you may be missing out on and how you can make the rest of this summer one to remember!

Have you been down to Bemus Point, NY? Well if you haven’t, this summer is the time to go because it has so much going on every single weekend! If you are a fan of live music and great views of Chautauqua Lake, why not head on down to the floating stage for the Bemus Bay Pops! They have different tribute bands playing every weekend and it is always a great atmosphere! Also if you didn’t know already, Ellicottville Brewing Company has a new location right in Bemus Point and it has been a hot spot this whole entire summer! Whether you want to sit down on the decexterior-full-webk area, sip on a brew, and enjoy the views of the lake and beautiful Bemus Point, or have an outstanding meal with friends and family, EBC has it all for you this summer!

While you are in the Bemus area, you might as well make a weekend out of it and stay in one of our gorgeous rental homes anywhere around Chautauqua Lake! Just visit our website, give us a call, or stop by our office and we will help you plan a trip of a lifetime!  While you are in town, you will definitely want to stop at the Southern Tier Brewing Co. Brewery located right here in Lakewood, NY!  Enjoy some delicious beer, great tasting food, live music, and so much more!  And wait, it gets better!  If you do decide to purchase a rental home on Chautauqua Lake this summer, we have a special “My Team VP” MY BREW complimentary pint coupon for the Southern Tier Brewery for you in our check-in packets!  Make sure you get on down here and experience this great brewery!

Did you just think that Ellicottville, NY was fun in the winter for skiing?  Well it is also a great place to visit in the summer!  You can walk around town and go to awesome restaurants and shops that are centrally located right in town.  If you like the outdoors, there is plenty of fun to be had!  22-elicottville-new-york-adventure-towns_25140_600x450Head on down to Holiday Valley for the Sky High Adventure Park.  They have an amazing zip lining and obstacle course fun for all ages.  Do you like thrill rides?  Well they have a mountain coaster that zips down and around the mountain!  They also have amazing bike trails and the Double Black Diamond golf course to fulfill any of your outdoor sporting needs.  The list continues, so head on down to Ellicottville, NY and you won’t be disappointed.

In the mood for more resort style fun? Head down to Findley Lake, NY to Peek n’ Peak Resort!  Why not make a weekend out of it and play both of the beautiful golf courses located right on the resort!  If you really want take your game to the next level, head up to the Upper Course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Tour.  Peek n’ Peak also has a Mountain Adventure Aerial Course and Segway tours.  Outside of the resort you can enjoy the beautiful Findley Lake and plenty of great restaurants surrounding this awesome area!

Whether it’s chilling by a lake or being active outdoors, the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus county area has endless options for you this summer! All you need to do is make the trip down to the area, and the fun will take care of itself.  If there is one thing we can tell, your summer fun is just beginning!

Enjoy your “My Team VP” MY BREW compliments of the Southern Tier Brewing Company!

stbc_cult_logoVacation Properties smallERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals is proud to announce our new partnership with Southern Tier Brewing Company! 

Each one of our Chautauqua Lake Vacation Rental Homes will now feature a “My Team VP” MY BREW coupon for a complimentary Pint of your choice for you and a friend at the Southern Tier Brewing Company located at 2072 Stoneman Free Pint BackCircle in Lakewood, NY!  This premier brewery has been growing in popularity and national reach, but their brewing facilities, tasting room, and restaurant (The Empty Pint) is a somewhat hidden gem in Chautauqua County that surely won’t disappoint! Whether you have been to the brewery before or this is your first time, how could you possibly turn down a free craft beer and an amazing experience to go along with it!

Southern Tier Brewing Co. is one of the biggest craft brew companies in the United States and it is definitely a not miss experience when visiting the area.  Bring your friends and family and enjoy what this great brewery has to offer!

Featuring tasty cuisine, activities on the lawn, local bands, brewery tours, and of course the famous craft pints, this brewery is a local hotspot you will not want to miss!  Head on down and listen to some live music while you sip on your complimentary brew or enjoy the unique stones course with some friends.  Beer to take home and Southern Tier merchandise is also available for you to purchase right on site. For more information on all things Southern Tier and to see a schedule of their summer Free Pint Frontevents, visit or check the out their Facebook page!

“All of us at ERA Team VP Vacation Rentals are excited to be partnering with STBC in this fun promotion. Southern Tier Brewing Company has become a staple in our community and we want to encourage our visitors to experience all that this unique brewery has to offer!” says Rachael Wiley-Steffen, Director of Corporate Marketing and Vacation Rental Management.

If you’ve already made reservations for a lake vacation rental home this summer then make sure to keep an eye out for your “My Team VP” MY BREW coupon in your check-in packet! If you are still looking for a summer getaway visit to view our 200+ available rental properties or call our office in Mayville, NY at 716-413-0201 to speak with a seasoned reservationist about booking your vacation rental!